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Old January 17, 2011, 03:45 PM
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is there any way to change the default folder when installing steam games?.

i want to use a wd vrap300 for games and apps,and just use my oczv2 for the os
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Old January 17, 2011, 03:47 PM
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it is completely possible to move you entire steam install folder to the new drive if thats what you are asking, no need to uninstall reinstall everything
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Old January 17, 2011, 03:54 PM
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Exactly ^^. Just copy the whole Steam folder.
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Old January 17, 2011, 04:09 PM
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Yep simple copy over. I personally have 2 steam folders. One on my WD black with all of my games (just the steamapps folder), and one on my Intel SSD 80gb, I typically only play a few at a time, so I copy over whatever game I need.
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Old January 17, 2011, 04:21 PM
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YouTube - Symlink Creator : How to install steam games (and anything else) on an extra hard drive

Create symbolic link with Symlink Creator (or the mklink dos command).
Symlink Creator 1.1.1.3.exe - symlinker - No installation needed, latest version - Project Hosting on Google Code

You put the game you play the must (that you want to load the fastest) on your SSD and the rest on a HDD.
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Old January 17, 2011, 04:39 PM
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YouTube - Symlink Creator : How to install steam games (and anything else) on an extra hard drive

Create symbolic link with Symlink Creator (or the mklink dos command).
Symlink Creator 1.1.1.3.exe - symlinker - No installation needed, latest version - Project Hosting on Google Code

You put the game you play the must (that you want to load the fastest) on your SSD and the rest on a HDD.
Wow excellent, makes my life easier :)
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Old January 17, 2011, 06:03 PM
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Very interesting, wonder if steam will still do updates and checks on it. I may have to try it out later tonight after i finish my pile of work or tomorrow.
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Ok Im likeing that Program... BUT I need to reformat my SSD And i want to keep all my Steam Files, How to?

I know steam offers to backup with their software, But i dont have 10 years to back it all up.
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Old January 19, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Ok Im likeing that Program... BUT I need to reformat my SSD And i want to keep all my Steam Files, How to?

I know steam offers to backup with their software, But i dont have 10 years to back it all up.
Copy the entire Steam folder. Simple as that.

Just fire up Steam.exe and it'll fix it's registry and stuff. I'd also suggest doing a force check on all your games, along with enabling Auto Updates (it disables this for whatever reason).

Not sure why you'd need to make a symlink to move your Steam folder. That seems over complicating things.
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